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The Clippers open the NBA pre-season against their new rivals, the Golden State Warriors, on October 7. The regular season schedule will be released next week.

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On Friday the Los Angeles Clippers announced their 2014 pre-season schedule. In addition to their now-annual meeting with the Denver Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 18, the team will play seven other games, four of them at STAPLES Center, including home-and-home pre-season games against three rivals.

In what is fast-becoming one of the most intense current rivalries in the NBA, the Clippers open their pre-season against the team they knocked out of the playoffs last May -- the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers host the Warriors on October 7, but will also fly to Oakland to face them at ORACLE Arena two weeks later on the 21st. (Don't be surprised if the regular season schedule includes another Warriors meeting very early in the season on National TV.)

The Clippers also face the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz twice each in the pre-season and the final pre-season opponent is Phoenix.

There's not a whole lot of reason to get overly excited about pre-season NBA basketball, save one: it's still NBA basketball, and it means that the real thing is coming soon. For those of you counting the days, it's 59 days until the Clippers take the court against the Warriors in pre-season -- 80 days until the regular season begins.

The regular season schedule is due to be announced some time next week, so stay tuned.

Here's the Clippers' pres-season schedule:

10/7/14 Golden State Warriors Clippers STAPLES Center 7:30pm
10/12/14 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Moda Center 6:00pm
10/13/14 Utah Jazz Utah EnergySolutions Arena 6:00pm
10/17/14 Utah Jazz Clippers STAPLES Center 7:30pm
10/18/14 Denver Nuggets Clippers Mandalay Bay Events Center 7:30pm
10/21/14 Golden State Warriors Golden State Oracle Arena 7:30pm
10/22/14 Phoenix Suns Clippers STAPLES Center 7:30pm
10/24/14 Portland Trail Blazers Clippers STAPLES Center 7:30pm